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The occurrence of selected hydrocarbons in food on sale at petrol station shops and comparison with food from other shops: a literature survey

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Author: Wolf, J.M. de · Beld, C.M.B. van den · Gennart, J.-Ph. · Riley, A.J. · Urbanus, J.
Publisher: CONCAWE
Place: Brussel
Identifier: 280388
Report number: 00/51
Keywords: Health · Benzene · Food sales · Hydrocarbons · Petrol stations · Service stations · Toluene · Xylene


A review of reports on the occurrence of some hydrocarbons in food in relation to the sales location, with emphasis on petrol station shops, covers the principal selected hydrocarbons, i.e., volatile components of gasoline, e.g., benzene, pentane, hexane, toluene, MTBE, and xylene; relevance of gasoline sales to the levels of the selected hydrocarbons in food items; other sources of hydrocarbons; influence of traffic density at the location of the food shop on hydrocarbon levels in food; partition coefficients of hydrocarbons between food and air; factors which might contribute to the presence of selected hydrocarbons in food; and conclusion that the levels in food sold by retail petrol stations are comparable to those found in food purchased from other shops.